Kraken commences testing of KATFISH with U.S. Navy

Kraken Robotics Inc. is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center – Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT). The CRADA covers the operation of Kraken’s high-speed actively controlled towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar, KATFISH, for multi-mission applications, including mine countermeasures. The CRADA defines a joint research and development relationship between NUWCDIVNPT and Kraken. The overall objective is to provide NUWC with experience operating the KATFISH, Kraken’s commercially off-the-shelf actively controlled, high-speed towed…

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US, Philippines Conclude Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama 2018

The U.S. and Philippine navies concluded Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama 2018 at Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar, July 17. The week-long engagement involved Sailors and Marines from the U.S. and Philippine navies operating jointly in the air, on the ground, and on and under the sea. This year marks the 2nd iteration of the MTA series designed to strengthen the close partnership between the navies while cooperatively ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity. “MTA Sama Sama 2018 is another great demonstration of the long-standing and rapidly growing network of…

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Seventh Fleet aircraft locates missing mariners in Indian Ocean

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft located a missing fishing vessel July 10, after joining search efforts at the request of the Sri Lankan Navy. The vessel was located by an aircraft from the “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet and flew out of Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. “As we continue to explore the operational reach and agility of the P-8A Poseidon, the trust and relationships we build with our multi-national partners becomes more and more apparent in such a complex and…

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New Navy Policy Implements Full Adoption of Pathogen-Reduced Apheresis Platelets Collected at U.S. Navy Blood Donor Centers

Cerus Corporation announced today that the U.S. Department of the Navy will implement pathogen-reduction for all apheresis platelets collected at Navy Blood Donor Centers. “We are pleased that the U.S. Navy is expanding the use of pathogen-reduction technology to treat platelet components throughout its entire blood collection system” The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) noted that with the recent history with Zika Virus, Ebola, Chikungunya, Dengue, and Babesia, emerging pathogens continue to threaten the blood supply and that the use of pathogen reduction technologies will preemptively address the risk…

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Electrical Engineer Found Guilty for Intending to Convert Trade Secrets from Defense Contractor

A federal jury in Hartford, Connecticut yesterday returned guilty verdicts against a man for his conduct related to a scheme to convert trade secrets belonging to a defense contractor based in Groton, Connecticut, related to, among others, an innovative naval prototype being developed for the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John H. Durham of the District of Connecticut. According to evidence admitted at trial, Jared Dylan Sparks, 35, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, an…

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US & Thailand Conclude CARAT Thailand 2018

The 24th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy concluded in Pattaya, Thailand, June 21. CARAT Thailand 2018 involved over 3,000 military personnel from the U.S. and Royal Thai Navy conducting nearly a dozen exercises at sea, over 20 symposiums and table-top exercises that covered the entire spectrum of naval operations, and daily band performances and sports engagements with schools and organizations throughout the area. “The strong partnership between the U.S. and Royal Thai Navy is built upon…

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Navy’s newest littoral combat ship arrives in San Diego

The newest littoral combat ship, the Independence variant USS Manchester (LCS 14), arrived at her San Diego homeport, June 19, after completing her maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Prior to her arrival in San Diego, Manchester was commissioned in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; made port calls to Norfolk, Virginia, Mayport, Florida, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and completed a successful transit through the Panama Canal. “As Manchester plank owners, this crew spent 10 months away from homeport bringing our ship to life,” said Cmdr.…

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Exercise Malabar 2018 Concludes

Trilateral maritime exercise Malabar 2018 was conducted off the coast of Guam from June 7 through June 16. Initiated in 1992 as an exercise between the U.S. and Indian Navy, Malabar 2018 is the 22nd rendition of the exercise and included the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), a regular participant since 2015. The exercise accomplished maritime interoperability training objectives among the three maritime forces, emphasizing high-end war fighting skills, maritime superiority, and power projection. This is the first year that Malabar was conducted in the Guam operation area. The two-phase…

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US, Thailand Continues to Expand Partnership with 24th CARAT Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy began the 24th iteration of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Pattaya, Thailand, June 14. The multi-nation exercise series is organized in bilateral phases with regional nations and is designed to enhance capabilities in a broad spectrum of naval operations. The exercise series features cooperative evolutions that highlight the ability of partner nations to work together towards the common goal of ensuring a free, open, and stable Indo-Pacific maritime security environment. “Twenty-four years of engagement through…

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Former Defense Contractor Sentenced for Unlawfully Retaining Classified Information

Weldon Marshall, 43, of Sherman, Texas, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release, for unlawfully retaining national defense information. Marshall pleaded guilty on March 5. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas made the announcement, after sentencing by U.S. District Judge George Hanks. In handing down the sentence, the court noted how Marshall violated an important trust the military had placed in him. From the early…

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USNS Millinocket arrives in Manila with embarked 7th Fleet Staff

USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff Sailors and Marines arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines June 11. Manila is the final port of the U.S. 7th Fleet theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol. More than 40 servicemembers including the U.S. 7th Fleet band and Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) Marines will participate in community relations projects and band engagements while here, as well as experience the local culture and interact with the city’s citizens. Many of the Philippine-born staff also look forward to reconnecting with…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 11, 2018

Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded a $36,451,516 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2115) to exercise options to procure onboard repair parts for Virginia Class Submarines Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New Jersey (SSN 796) and PCU Iowa (SSN 797).  This option is for Block IV mechanical and electronic repair parts that will be stored on the ship while at sea.  Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by February 2021 for PCU New Jersey and August 2021 for PCU Iowa.  Fiscal…

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Past Performance Provides Valuable Lessons for Future Investments

e Navy set a goal in 2007 for a fleet of 330 ships. Since then, the Navy has: fallen 50 ships short, gone $11 billion over budget, experienced many years of schedule delays, delivered ships with less capability and lower quality than expected. These poor outcomes persist because policy and processes enable the Navy to deviate from shipbuilding best practices. The Navy is planning its biggest fleet size increase in over 30 years. This creates an opportunity for the Navy to improve how it buys ships, adopt a more disciplined…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 6, 2018

American Electronics Inc.,* California, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0035); American Technology Solutions International Corp.,* Fredericksburg, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0049); Aviation Systems Engineering Co.,* Lexington Park, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0037); Credence Management Solutions LLC,* Vienna, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0051); Cydecor Inc.,* Arlington, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0039); Davis Defense Group Inc.,* Stafford, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0038); Eagle Systems Inc.,* California, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0034); FEDITC,* Rockville, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0053); Ironclad Technology Services LLC,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0047); NikSoft Systems Corp.,* Reston, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0040); Precise Systems, Inc.*, Lexington Park, Maryland(N00421-18-D-0044); Qi Tech LLC,* McLean, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0052); RBC Inc.,* Alexandria, Virginia (N00421-18-D-0033); Research and Engineering Development LLC,* California, Maryland (N00421-18-D-0041);…

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